USPS Releases New Stamp Honoring Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space (Forbes)

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The United States Postal Service is commemorating the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, on a Forever stamp, which will be released following a dedication ceremony today. Ride was the youngest American astronaut in space, as she was just 32 years old when she joined the crew of the space shuttle Challenger. Following her career as an astronaut, Ride worked as a …


Technicians and Engineers @ CERN: Working in a Place Like Nowhere Else on Earth (IEEE Spectrum)

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When you think of CERN, what comes to mind? The Large Hadron Collider. The Higgs Boson’s discovery in 2012. An amazing scientific endeavor bringing together physicists and engineers from all over the world to work towards a common goal: to probe the fundamental structure of the universe. But not necessarily of just how important technicians are for this incredible scientific …



The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls (The Atlantic)

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During her freshman year, Stephanie Tena, a 16-year-old programmer, was searching the internet for coding programs and came across a website for an organization called AI4All, which runs an artificial-intelligence summer camp for high-schoolers. On the site, a group of girls her age were gathered around an autonomous car in front of the iconic arches of Stanford’s campus. “AI will …


Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030 (T.H.E. Journal)

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For all the talk of technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics doing away with the human element in corporate life, well trained human beings are still an essential ingredient. In fact, if the current skills gap remains unplugged, by 2030 the world will see “tens of millions of unfilled jobs and trillions of dollars in unrealized revenue,” according to …


How to Use Games to Juice up Science Lessons (T.H.E. Journal)

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Tammy Schrader was never a gamer. But one day in a middle school science class she assigned a game on plant cells to her students to help them review the concepts. One student, a “really bright kid” who would typically “pick and choose” what he would work on, came into class the next day and handed her a thumb drive. …


Some of the nation’s most accomplished STEM teachers selected as Albert Einstein Educator Fellows (ORISE)

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Fourteen accomplished K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers from across the United States have been named 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows. The fellows will spend 11 months serving in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office in Washington, D.C., engaged in the national STEM education arena. The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique …


This bootcamp turns kids into plastic-fighting superheroes (Fast Company)

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Soon there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, but a new bootcamp is hoping to *ahem* turn the tide on plastic pollution. The inaugural Ocean Heroes Bootcamp will take place in New Orleans from June 2-4, and it will give kids ages 11-18 the opportunity to collaborate in the fight against plastic. For kids, the fight against plastic is personal: When …


Duke Energy energizes Ohio, NKY with nearly $600k in STEM, literacy, workforce development grants (Northern Kentucky Tribune)

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Duke Energy is expanding its investment in local students and workforce development by funding 36 education and training programs – totaling nearly $600,000 – in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. The grants, which are administered by the Duke Energy Foundation, will benefit and enhance educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), childhood reading proficiency and workforce development. …


Turning STEM Majors Into STEM Educators (University of Kentucky)

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The University of Kentucky wants to not only recruit more students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors, but also train those students to become STEM educators. Through a collaborative effort led by the UK College of Education, the UK College of Arts and Sciences and the UK College of Engineering, the “UK Noyce STEM PLUS: Producing Leaders for Urban/rUral Schools” project aims to …


2019 Next Generation STEM Teaching Project (U.S. AEOP)

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On behalf of the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and its Next Generation STEM Teaching Project (NGSTP), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is seeking applications for the 2018-19 academic year. NSTA administers the NGSTP for AEOP as part of the Battelle Consortium formed by the AEOP cooperative agreement award to  Battelle Memorial Institute. NGSTP is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers which includes the opportunity to gain funding for a classroom project.  Selected teachers will participate in an NSTA Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or Three-Dimensional Instruction workshop. They will propose an anchor phenomenon and develop a plan using the Three-Dimensional Model of Instruction, …


HughesNet® and 4-H Introduce STEM Lab to Inspire Next Generation of Science and Tech Leaders (PRNewswire)

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HughesNet and National 4-H Council announce the launch of STEM Lab to inspire the next generation of scientists. A free resource to parents and teachers, STEM Lab is an online hub offering fun, hands-on STEM activities developed by top public universities and 4-H groups to spark kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “Hughes and 4-H share a passion for increasing …


Arizona’s schools chief seeks limits on teaching evolution, Big Bang theory (Arizona Daily Star)

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The state’s top school official is trying to downplay — and in some cases remove entirely — references to evolution in the science standards of what students are supposed to be taught in Arizona high schools. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is proposing to eliminate requirements that students be able to evaluate how inherited traits in a population can …


$4.6 Million STEM Ed Grant to Help Expand Feeder Program (STEAM Universe)

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The Richardson Independent School District (RISD) is expanding a successful STEM education program for more than 10,000 students with the help of a $4.6-million grant from a private partner. The program is based on an earlier feeder pattern initiative begun at the district’s Berkner High School, dubbed STEM Academy, that offered three different career strands in STEM fields, including engineering robotics, aeronautical engineering …


Rolling Meadows school one of 25 in state to receive STEM program (Daily Herald)

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Kimball Hill Elementary School in Rolling Meadows is one of 25 grade schools in the state to receive a three-year Bicentennial STEM Fusion Program, the Illinois Math and Science Academy’s renowned teacher development training initiative for math and science, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Tuesday. IMSA Fusion is a teacher professional development and student STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment …


Deloitte’s Tonie Leatherberry Joins Nonprofit Base 11’s Corporate Board (Base 11 STEM)

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Base 11’s success and rapid growth stems from the world-class leaders of industry, academia, and philanthropy who provide an integrated perspective on how to best achieve our mission. Thanks to these visionary leaders, Base 11 is able to empower and transform high-potential, low-resource students into the engineering and computer science talent needed to fill the growing STEM pipeline crisis in …


Cars Get Students ‘On Track’ for STEM Careers (U.S. News & World Report)

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It wasn’t the 110-octane fuel or the race car suspension that captured the attention of sixth-grader Finn Alcott at Bowling Green Junior High School. Sure, having his tympanic membrane rattled when the 1980 Corvette’s 750-horsepower engine roared to life was cool and all, but Alcott was more interested in the sports car’s sleek lines. “I’m more into engineering,” Alcott said. …


Inaugural class of WVUteach graduates celebrate achievement, prepare for STEM teaching careers in West Virginia (WVU)

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West Virginia University (WVU) celebrated its first graduating class of the WVUteach program this commencement season. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to fulfill their majors of choice while exploring the profession of teaching in science, technology, engineering and math fields. WVUteach offers hands-on learning, allowing students to supplement their four-year degrees with the experience and certification necessary to teach …


CAREER awardee balances antenna research with mentorship of aspiring STEM professionals (University of Alabama Huntsville)

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development Program (CAREER) is designed to support early-career faculty who have “the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.” As such, recipients of the award are encouraged to support the NSF’s mission of fostering the integration of …


Ties between oral vocabulary and STEM difficulties to be investigated (Penn State)

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Young children with early vocabulary difficulties in turn often have difficulty with reading during the primary grades. Penn State researchers will investigate if these oral vocabulary difficulties also lead to math and sciences difficulties throughout elementary school in a three-year, $1.5 million National Science Foundation-funded research project. Principal Investigator Paul Morgan, professor of education and demography and director of the …